The, those little icons that we all use day after day in our messaging apps and of those, however, we still have so much to know. The emojis are in constant evolution, they are modified and they are added more and more. The reason is simple, and is that it is the users themselves who send new options and those that make the so-called ‘Emojipedia’ ever bigger. On the future of these funny icons Let’s talk in this post.
It’s been the guys fromthose who have had the opportunity to talk to Jeremy Burge, creator of the Emojipedia and connoisseur of the history of the emojis, on this subject. As commented in the interview, Unicode, the agency in charge of standardize the emojis so that they can be reproduced on any screen of the world (among other things), receives more than 100 requests every year to add new icons by individuals. This process is not as simple as it might seem, since a series of. Not all are approved, of course.
Applications are sent to a Unicode subcommittee, which approves or denies the request. Subsequently, the proposal passes to the Technical Committee of Unicode, which votes and evaluates whether it should be implemented. One of the essential requirements is that the emoji be “visually distinctive”, so that you can know what it means easily.
And what can we expect from these little works of art? According to Burge, the future is in personalization . According to comments from the source, one day we will be able to choose the color of the cakes, the hair of the cats or dogs, and even if a hot dog has ketchup or mustard, all in the same way in which today we select the color of people’s faces . The reason, according to the example put by the creator of Emojipedia, is that “People have a mental stereotype of pizza and the way the ingredients are put” . The idea is that each emoji is the closest thing to the concept that people have of what it represents.
Likewise, the future goes through a greater representativeness and inclusiveness of social collectives. According to Burge, Apple has requested 13 new emojis that include limb prostheses, a dog lazarrillo or an ear with hearing aids. The idea is that you, belong to the group that you belong, have an emoji that represents you . It is a good idea, without a doubt, although the interviewee himself recognizes that, for many emojis that are added, the ones that are most used are the caritas and the hearts, since “They are more communicative.”